Polish Christmas Tree Adorns Vatican Square

A giant red fir tree from Northern Poland arrived this weekend in Rome to serve as the pontifical Christmas tree. The tree, which lost its top to a lightning strike some years ago, was put in place by a crane on Thanksgiving Day and will be decorated on December 7th. The tree stands 69-feet tall.

According to the Vatican, “The tree will be decorated with stars and baubles designed by young cancer patients from several Italian hospitals. The decorations have been made out of clay by children and their parents during therapeutic workshop sessions and reproduced in hard-wearing synthetic materials that can stand up to the winter weather conditions in St Peter’s Square. A number of children from the earthquake-hit areas of central Italy have also taken part in this design project.”

Be sure to check back after December 7th to see the tree fully adorned!